“Don’t you forget about me…”
This week’s Earworm includes the line-up for Electric Picnic 2014, the return of our favourite Australian pop princess, gigs to watch out for and a Paddy’s Day themed single of the week.
The long wait was finally over yesterday when Electric Picnic revealed the lineup for EP 2014, putting to bed the speculation which has become an annual occurrence in the lead up to the much anticipated announcement. Now in its 11th year, Ireland’s favourite weekend-long festival has not failed to deliver, with a diverse range of artists promised and more to be announced.
While many are hailing Atlanta hip hop duo Outkast as the act to cause the most excitement (and don’t get me wrong – I am excited about their presence on the bill), as a child of the 80s I simply cannot ignore the presence of Scottish rockers Simple Minds. Best known for their hit single “Don’t You” which featured in 80s cult classic The Breakfast Club, Simple Minds have undergone a revival in the last decade, embarking on a greatest hits tour last year with another planned for 2014. We didn’t forget about them and they have most definitely not forgotten about their fans.
Other acts that caught my attention include Outkast, Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen, Foals, Metronomy, Annie Mack, Beck and The Stranglers. With too many great artists to list them all (but you can see the full list here), EP 2014 promises to be a fantastic weekend of music – a must on any festival goer’s list. EP are continuing their loyalty scheme this year, offering a discount to anyone who can prove prior attendance at the festival. Tickets went on sale yesterday and are always in demand so I’d recommend picking them up pretty nifty, lest you find yourself disappointed.
Now, from mud, wellies and Irish summers to something a bit hotter.
Kylie Minogue, the original princess of pop, has released her new single “Sexercise”. While the song itself is fairly awful, I’m not so sure anyone’s actually listening to the words or melody. Described as the “hottest workout video ever”, this is the kind of video you watch alone in your room at night while thinking impure thoughts. Whatever you think of the song itself, there is no denying that the 45 year old singer looks damn good. NSFW
The track is the latest to be taken from Kylie’s newly-released studio album Kiss Me Once.
Not content with setting our loins alight with lust, the Aussie songstress has also confirmed a live concert date at the O2, Dublin for Saturday 8th November this year. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning and are available through Ticketmaster.
Gig of the Week:
Kate’s Party: The Grand Social, Dublin – Saturday 29th March
Dublin based pop punk band Kate’s Party are set to launch their highly anticipated debut album Hollow at the Grand Social, this Saturday. The band, who infuse a raw, intense sound with heavy guitar riffs and catchy upbeat pop melodies, have received rave reviews of their EP Back Down (including one from yours truly) and recently released album teaser Welcome To Seahaven, inspired by 1998 Jim Carrey film The Truman Show.
With support from power-pop super group Women’s Christmas, the album launch promises to be a great night out. You might even spot some of the Krank team dancing to some classic Kate’s Party tunes on the night.
Single Of The Week
In the wake of St. Patrick’s Day, as we nurse our heads and our livers, there’s still an abundance of Irish pride flowing through our veins (or is that alcohol?) and so, this week’s pick for single of the week is an offering from contemporary trad group, Perfect Friction.
“Irish Love” is the first original single from the accomplished Wicklow-based musicians, who combine traditional Irish music with contemporary pop, creating a fresh and exciting sound. Written by fiddle player Courtney Cullen, this catchy tune (and I mean insanely catchy – it will be stuck in your head all day while you bop around like you’re the lord of the dance himself – talk about an earworm) makes even the rather depressing topics of emigration and heartache seem like a bit of fun. So what are you waiting for? Give it a listen and have a bit of a 123 while no one’s watching (I’m talking about dancing you perverts. Go back to the Kylie video for that).
Perfect Friction are currently working towards the release of their EP later this year. You can find out more about them on their website.
[Image: Simple Minds Official Facebook]